The old idiom of “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie” is said to be used as a warning. The idea is to warn someone they should not talk about a bad situation that most people have already forgotten about.
Last week we asked the question “Do Dogs Dream?” The answer was yes. Now, let’s discuss more about sleeping dogs and how they lie.
What are the Favored Positions ?f ? Sleeping Dog?
Th? sleeping position ?f ??ur dog tells ??u ? lot ?b?ut h?m ?r her. S?m? l?k? t? sleep ?n th??r stomachs, ?lm??t l?k? ?n ? “down” position. Th?? ?ll?w? th?m t? jump u? ?t th? slightest perceived threat ?r fact th?? m?? b? missing ?ut ?n wh?t ??u ?r? doing.
Oth?r? prefer sleeping ?n th??r side. Th?? ?? ? restful position. Y?ur dog ?? comfortable w?th th??r surroundings.
Th?n w? h?v? th? “Superdog” sleeper. Th?? choose sleeping stretched out, ?n th??r stomachs. Th?? l??k l?k? th?? ?r? flying. Th?? ?r? ?n ? restful sleep, but ready t? g? ?? ???n ?? th?? hear ??u move!
Curled up, But Alert
Th? m??t inherent position f?r sleeping ?? curling up. Y?u w?ll ??? th?? ?? ? favorite sleeping position ?f dogs k??t outdoors. Y?u w?ll find th?m curled u? ?nt? ? ball, w?th th??r paws und?r th??r body ?nd th??r tail wrapped ?r?und th??r face. It ?? th? l???t vulnerable ?nd l???t restful position f?r sleep. Th?? ?r? conserving body heat, protecting th??r limbs, face, throat ?nd vital organs. Th?? position g?v?? th?m th? advantage t? b? ?n th??r feet immediately. Th? dog’s muscles ?r? tense ?nd ready t? spring ?nt? action, ?f n??d be. Dogs th?t sleep ?n th?? position rarely relax ?n?ugh t? drift ?nt? th? REM stage.
Curling ?? th? normal sleeping position f?r wild dogs ?nd wolves packing together. It offers ? sleeping position f?r awareness u??n awakening ?? th??r senses ?r? heightened t? movements, sounds ?nd scents. Th?? conserve space ?n th? den; protect th??r offspring ?nd share body heat. Y?u w?ll notice ?v?n m??t domesticated puppies inherently curl u? t?g?th?r ?r ?r?und th??r mother.
Finally, w? h?v? wh?t l??k? th? “dead roach” position. Th?r? ?r? dogs th?t favor sleeping ?n th??r backs; w?th th??r legs ?n th? air, l??k?ng ?u?t l?k? ? dead cockroach! Th?? ?? th? position f?und ?nl? ?n ? v?r? secure ?nd confident indoor pet. Sleeping ?n th??r b??k ?? th? m??t vulnerable position f?r ? dog t? sleep. It ?? thought t? b? th? m??t comfortable ?nd m??t restful position. Plus, it’s ??ur dog’s w?? ?f cooling d?wn quickly. Indoor dogs th?t h?v? expended lots ?f energy and/or ?r? over-heated w?ll sleep ?n th??r backs.
Th? sleeping ?n th??r b??k position h?? n?t b??n observed ?? behavior exhibited b? dogs ?r wolves ?n th? wild. Dogs k??t outdoors w?ll n?t sleep ?n th?? position either. Th?? position sends ? message ?f vulnerability ?nd submission.
It ?h?uld b? noted, dogs sleeping ?n th??r backs w?th th??r paws “protecting” th??r chest ?r? indicating th?? prefer n?t t? b? bothered. U?? caution wh?n suddenly awakening ?n? dog sleeping ?n th?? position!
N?w th?t ??u kn?w m?r? ?b?ut wh?t g??? ?n wh?n ??ur dog sleeps, ??u w?ll h?v? ??m? insight ?b?ut th??r confidence ?nd sense ?f w?ll being. In addition, ?t w?ll give ??u ? clue ?f wh? ??ur dog behaves th? w?? ?t does, wh?n th?? ?r? awake.
In Bed With You
Bottom line: Comfort equals healthier, m?r? ?nd deeper sleep. Wh?t?v?r sleeping position ??ur dog prefers, m?k? ?ur? th??r sleeping accommodations ?r? safe ?nd comfortable. A dog and the pet parent th?t ?? w?ll rested ?? generally healthier ?nd happier.
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